Stories in the Forest Captivate Region 8 Children

January 5, 2008 - Posted at 7:42 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- For most children, reading a book usually takes place in school or at the library, but some Region 8 youngsters got a real treat Saturday when they had a chance to read in a forest.

"These children probably don't have someone who has the time to sit down and read to them, so it's been a lot of fun for us to watch the children and I think it's been a lot of fun for the readers as well," said event organizer Marilyn Hummelstein.

It may be a forest found inside the Mall at Turtle Creek, but on the first Saturday of each month, it's a place where children gather to hear a featured reader and a good book.

"The library has been wonderful and provided us with a list if they don't have a book they are interested in reading, but if they've got a favorite, they can read their own favorite book," said Hummelstein.

And as for keeping the attention of so many kids...sometimes it is tough.

"You know we've got energetic kids in here and you heard it today, the level did go down but there are some children who are not interested in sitting and reading but for the most part they are all there listening, paying attention and able to respond," said Hummelstein.

The program is a project of the Women's Advisory Council which is part of St. Bernards Development Foundation.